5 Things to Do Immediately Following Your Maryland DUI Arrest
What to do after DUI arrest in Maryland.
1. Read all paperwork given to you by the Police and/or Commissioner.
There are several very short time lines when processing a recent DUI arrest. If you fail to read all documents given by police, you will miss the time deadlines and default into a loss of license or some other serious administrative sanction.
2. Request a Hearing with the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA) within 10 days following the date of your arrest.
If you were issued an Officer’s Certification and Order of Suspension (which is a white sheet of paper) at the time of your arrest, you must request a hearing with the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA) in writing within 10 days of the date of the stop in order to contest the suspension of your Maryland driver’s license. It is extremely important to note that the MVA will not automatically schedule a hearing for you so, if you do not request a hearing by submitting the necessary paperwork and fees to the MVA within 10 days following the date of your stop, your Maryland driver’s license will be suspended for a minimum of 45/maximum 120 days starting on day 46 after the stop.
3. Don’t sell yourself short – contact the attorney you deserve.
Why would you risk your freedom, future, and financial wellbeing by representing yourself or hiring an attorney with little or no experience handling DUI cases?
If you were diagnosed with a medical condition that could ruin your life if not properly treated, wouldn’t you choose the most qualified and experienced doctor you could find to treat your illness and help ensure your future health and well being? Wouldn’t you want your doctor to have extensive knowledge about your physical condition, a skilled professional staff to help you throughout your treatment, and a proven track record of success healing others with your condition?
Of course you would.
Why should this approach be any different when choosing an attorney? You are facing serious criminal charges and harsh penalties if you are convicted. Maryland DUI law is extremely complex and, if you are found guilty of drunk driving, the consequences can be severe. You owe it to yourself, your loved ones, and your future to retain a law firm whose attorneys have the proper scientific and legal knowledge, extensive experience, and proven success rate to provide you with an aggressive, thorough defense.
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4. See a Commissioner within 3 to 7 days of order by the Police Officer.
Some Counties require you to see a Commissioner in person within 3 to 7 days of order by the Police Officer. Read all documents given to you by the police. If you are still in doubt, call the police station/officer and ask if you can have any immediate reporting obligations to a commissioner or any other judicial officer. You do not need a lawyer at the commissioner session and you will not be asked to discuss your case or enter a plea. DO NOT DISCUSS your case with the commissioner or anyone present at the hearing.
5. DO NOT pay any tickets or citations if any of your charges require a Must Appear at Trial. All payable charges will be scheduled for trial with the Must Appear charges without your asking the Court.